Suhner has released its new ROBOTsander, a highly capable and adaptive surface treatment solution used in the automotive, aerospace, appliance, off-highway and outdoor power equipment market. Operations that benefit from the ROBOTsander are material protection, surface brightening, paint preparations and CFRP activation. Applications include grinding, brightening, polishing, deburring and sanding. The ROBOTsander can safely be used on metal and composite materials alike, using Suhner application-specific abrasives. Its design significantly reduces cycle time and use of abrasive materials. Furthermore, the ROBOTsander solutions meet customer surface treatment needs and requirements in a cost-effective manner with minimum deployment time. The device is ideal for large volume and large area production.
Responding to the digital factory trend in many industries today, each process in itself, as well as complete robot cell functionality, can be analyzed by Suhner engineers and manufacturing specialists. This allows optimization to be performed well in advance of the initial delivery, thus reducing process risks and overall deployment time.
The combined use of Industry 4.0 objectives with the Suhner Digital Factory Monitoring System, allows the customer to monitor-onsite or remotely- the sander’s performance. The ROBOTsander turns any robot into a collaborative robot. Additionally, it provides data recording, process diagnosis and optimization, predictive maintenance and remote product support, as well as spare parts and user time management. Highly adaptable, this sander works equally well in a freestanding machining center or a variety of integrated production equipment.
Other notable features of the ROBOTsander include a fail-safe system setup to safeguard high-value parts and operations plus the optimal use of resources, resulting in less waste. In addition to the standard product, the company also offers optional end effector integrations such as: 3D assembly scanning, automatic parts calibration, automatic surface measurement and reporting, surface cleaning, protective painting and abrasive change station.
SUHNER Industrial Products Corp.
Filed Under: Aerospace + defense, The Robot Report